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Tom Palmer
Kintsugi Sound Bowl(s) - a sonambient concept engagingJapanese art of Kintsugi

2018

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Exhibited at public art gallery Saatchi, London as part of 'Transfiguration' exhibition, 2018. The Kintsugi Sound Bowl(s) - two are available but they are listed on 1stdibs individually - are inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi ("golden joinery”), also known as Kintsukuroi. As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than as something to disguise. The philosophy also has similarities to wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect, and other concepts such as the acceptance of change and fate as aspect of human life. Each bowl is first cast with polymer plaster, then shattered. They are then pieced back together using a technique similar to Kintsugi ("golden joinery" - also known as Kintsukuroi). This is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered precious metals, which illuminates the join rather than disguises it. The broken sound of the title refers to the effect when standing in front of the bowl and speaking, that your voice is reformed as it reflects back to your ear. It is an intriguing and surprising effect. Palmer’s practice explores the potential of materials beyond their known perimeters, often taking him to the brink of success or failure, yet creating results that are as stunning and unexpected as they are uncontrived. So it is with these bowls, in whom reshaping sound, give a sense that they are lending us an experience of ourselves in a past or future dimensions. Please note one bowl has the bright bronze colour to the joins, the other has a lighter black colour. The Broken Sound Bowls can be commissioned for a group composition (of the same or varying sizes) bespoke to your space.

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  • Movement & Style
  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 5.91 in. x Dm 31.5 in.H 15 cm x Dm 80 cm
  • Diameter
    31.5 in. (80 cm)
  • Gallery Location
    Shaftesbury, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU1032211873
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